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We are undergoing a £3.8 million redevelopment. When the gallery re-opens in September 2017, it will be a vibrant and modern exhibition space bringing about a new era for art and learning in the city.

Gallery improvements will include:

conserving the architectural and historical elements of the building whilst modernising the gallery to allow for flexible exhibition facilities;a dedicated multi - purpose learning space;improved lighting;a new picture store;conservation and reinterpretation of Kurt Schwitters’ iconic Merz Barn Wall.

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The Hatton Gallery's collection comprises over 3,500 works, including painting, sculpture, prints, and drawing, with pieces from the 14th century to the present day. The Merzbarn wall by Kurt Schwitters is a cornerstone of the collection. Constructed in a barn in the Lake District during 1947-48, the Merzbarn was Schwitters' final, and in his own estimation, 'greatest', piece of work.

After a close call with closure in 1997, a tremendously generous donation of £250,000 by the late Dame Catherine Cookson ensured the safety of the gallery until such a time as it came under the umbrella of the Great North Museum.

Due to the sheer volume of pieces in the collection, and the temporary nature of many of the exhibitions, the whole collection is not on permanent display; however pieces from the collection are often used in conjunction with internal and touring exhibitions. The gallery is dedicated to facilitating the research and development of its collection on all levels and welcomes those interested in the permanent collection.

The extensive programme of temporary exhibitions means that it is not possible to have the whole collection on permanent display; however pieces from the collection are often used in conjunction with internal and touring exhibitions. The gallery is dedicated to facilitating the research and development of its collection on all levels and welcomes those interested in the permanent collection.

Opening Times

Hatton Gallery (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Open 2 Jan-24 Dec, Mon-Sat, 1000-1700. Closed 25-26 Dec.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change



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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A167. Turn off onto the B6338 signposted 'University of Newcastle'. Follow signs for university.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Haymarket Metro Station. Turn left out of station, cross at traffic lights, turn left again, cross at traffic lights. Follow university campus signs to the Hatton Gallery.

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  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large font labels available on request.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access - African collection inaccessible to disabled visitors. With prior arrangement a comprehensive selection can be brought downstairs for educational visits. Everything else on ground floor.
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 2 hours (morning or afternoon visit). 4 hours + (whole day).
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 35
  • Min group size - 6
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Guide dogs only.
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups


Saturday, 26th January 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

Francis Bacon | Ellen Gallagher
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Saturday, 2nd February 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

A Philosophy for Teaching Art: The Development of the Hatton Collection
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  • Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme - Awaiting Grading 2014


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